A River Runs Through It:
Daylighting the Neponset River at Gillette Stadium 
Foxborough, MA
August 6, 2015  10:00am - 1:00pm
ELA Members  $22  - Non-Members  $32 

More than a decade ago, the New England Patriots' constructed the new Gillette Stadium. A significant side project was the restoration of a long stretch of the Neponset River adjacent to the new stadium's parking lot. In the 1940s, racetrack construction on the site had originally forced the river underground. Gillette Stadium needed parking and the silt-clogged system needed daylighting and restoration. The daylighting project removed two blocked culverts and reconnected disrupted sections of the river, diverting flow back to river's historic alignment. Wetland mitigation and flood control provided major drivers for this fast-tracked project that proceeded from concept to implementation in less than one year.    Learn more and Register Today!

Co-hosted by the Southern New England Chapter of the  Soil and Water Conservation Society
NYC School Playground Combines Creative Play and
Effective Green Infrastructure 
Brooklyn, NY
September 23, 2015 11:00am - 1:00pm
ELA Members $22 - Non-members $32

Join tour guide Mary Alice Lee from The Trust for Public Land (TPL) to explore the unique playground makeover at Boerum Hill's PS 261 School and Community Playground.  Capturing over 500,000 gallons of stormwater each year, this green infrastructure playground not only helps NYC's sewer system, it also provides a safe place to play for the neighborhood. This unique playground was the first green infrastructure playground built on a NYC public schoolyard. These special playgrounds are being designed and built across NYC and other US cities. Learn more and Register Today!

A Path to Beauty and Bounty:
Building a Sustainable Eco-System

Portsmouth, Rhode Island
September 24, 2015  4:00pm - 6:00pm

ELA Members $20 - Non-Members $30 

For landscape designer Sanne Kure-Jensen, this path began with a historic farm dating to 1670. After years of ecologically-guided design, planting and organic maintenance, this destination is a thriving landscape ecosystem and bountiful garden with stunning water views of the Sakonnet River and Foglands Beach in Tiverton. This private family compound includes a wildflower meadow, liberty lawn, vegetable and fruit gardens, and honeybee apiary. Join us for a tour of this beautiful and bountiful landscape. As you stroll through this idyllic property, you will learn how the garden welcomes diversity in plant, animal, insect and microbial life. Throughout the tour, Sanne will share tips for how you can create client enthusiasm for sustainable landscapes.  Learn more and Register Today!

WEBINAR: Designing Successful Rain Gardens for Civic Sites
Presented by Amanda Sloan 
September 24, 2015
ELA Members FREE - Non-Members $10 


Rain gardens, as part of modern storm water management systems, rely on plant material for soil stabilization, contaminant filtering, nutrient absorption, and to slow rainwater for infiltration. Well designed rain gardens (with the appropriate plant material) can greatly improve the results of green infrastructure and ensure their long-term success. Selecting appropriate plants for rain gardens and other vegetated storm water management systems is a critical first step to their success. Beyond plant selection, proper site preparation and a comprehensive maintenance plan are critical components of a successful rain garden. In this webinar, Amanda Sloan describes the elements that go into a successful rain garden project.   Learn more and Register Today!

Recreational Lake Shore Restoration:
Lake Massapoag
Sharon, MA
September 26, 2015  10:00am - 12:00pm

ELA Members $22 - Non-Members $32 

 

What are some of the ways a lakeside recreation area can be ecologically restored while maintaining recreational uses? Join landscape architect, Amanda Sloan, to learn more about how she met the challenges of this lakeside park. Enjoy the beautiful fall colors and learn about techniques for restoring shore plants, stopping erosion, controlling storm water, meeting ADA accessibility, addressing the challenge of Canada geese, and more.   Learn more and Register Today!

Whether you are located in the area of our upcoming events or in some distant landscape, you are invited to participate in ELA collaborations and discussions by joining the Ecological Landscape Alliance discussion group on LinkedIn. The ELA discussion group is open to both ELA members and non-members from around the world and participation is growing each week. Through these discussions you can share information, get answers to landscape problems, and learn new perspectives on challenging ecological issues. Joining LinkedIn is free and it is easy to join. Join the ELA LinkedIn Discussion. We look forward to hearing from you soon!